Pete Alonso hit his first big league homer on Monday night against the Marlins in Miami -- a mammoth shot that traveled 444 feet to center field. He is hitting .412/.474/.765 in 17 at-bats this season. On Tuesday night, he'll be on the bench.
In place of Alonso, Dominic Smith will start at first base on Tuesday night -- something manager Mickey Callaway said was put in place before Monday night's game. RHP Jose Urena will be on the mound for the Marlins.
Smith has come off the bench the first four games and filled in late defensively at first base at times, and has been a catalyst. He drew a walk and scored a run on Opening Day, had two RBI in the second game of the season, and singled before scoring the go-ahead run on Monday night.
The on-fire Alonso sitting on Tuesday night is similar to Jeff McNeil sitting on Sunday after getting four hits on Saturday. While explaining his reasoning for sitting McNeil, Callaway noted how success the prior day doesn't always translate to the next, and suggested McNeil against Nationals lefty Patrick Corbin wasn't the best matchup.
If the Mets wanted to, they could have both Smith and Alonso in the lineup. However, that would mean putting Smith in left field -- something Callaway said the Mets did not plan to do at this point in the season.
In a hypothetical situation where Smith is put in left field, the Mets could keep Alonso at first base, shift McNeil to third base, and give the struggling Brandon Nimmo a day off.
It doesn't seem the above will happen, though, which means Alonso will very likely just be a dangerous bat off the bench on Tuesday night.